UNC will finish the 2010 part of this women’s basketball season unscathed.
The Tar Heels led the Bulldogs (8-5) 54-32 at halftime. Lucas hit five of six 3-point attempts to lead three UNC players in double figures
Chay Shegog added 16 points while Jessica Breland had 14 for UNC, which got 15 assists from Cetera DeGraffenreid.
N.C. State has announced the scheduling of an additional women’s basketball game.
Admission will be free to the general public.
NCSU, which last played on Dec. 21 and wouldn’t have played again until its ACC opener against visiting Clemson on Thursday night, is 7-6 and on a three-game winning streak.
ECSU (7-2), which otherwise would not have played between Dec. 21 and its CIAA opener with Livingstone on Thursday night, has won seven straight.
Women’s basketball fans in Cleveland county will get a rare treat today when No. 10 UNC visits Gardner-Webb for the first time.
The senior trio of Italee Lucas, Jessica Breland and Cetera DeGraffenreid leads the Tar Heels in the major statistical categories.
TV/ESPN—Casey Barth hit a last-second 40-yard field goal to force overtime, and then connected with a chip shot in the second overtime as UNC topped Tennessee 30-27 in the Music City Bowl on Thursday night.
T.J. Yates went in from a yard out and Barth added the try for a 27-20 lead, before Tennessee’s Tyler Bray helped tie it with his fourth TD pass of the night — a 20-yard connection to Luke Stocker with Chad Cunningham adding the boot.
Tennessee’s next possession ended when Quan Sturdivant picked off a Bray pass, and then Barth nailed the 23-yarder to end it.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes home after a nine-day break, looking to keep the momentum going in the week before ACC play begins.
Tonight’s opponent is Atlantic 10 member Temple (7-5), which has won five of its last six games but is 0-5 all-time against the Blue Devils.
Duke has won 38 straight December home games heading into the contest.
And the Blue Devils keep the streak safe for another year at 39, but not before having to survive a 71-64 grinder.
TV/ FS-CR—I wonder, at what point did the Ottawa Senators realize they weren't going to score on Cam Ward on Wednesday night?
If not then, then certainly it was midway through the third, when Filip Kuba stung Peter Regin's saucer pass through the crease as Ward was in motion across the goalmouth, and Ward batted the puck calmly to the corner. All these were among the 37 shots that Ward turned away with one body part or another en route to a 4-0 win in Canada's capital city.
Duke returns to action in women’s basketball for the first time in nine days Thursday night, hosting Temple at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Temple is coming off a 65-56 loss nine days ago at Eastern Michigan that snapped the Owls’ five-game winning streak.
The Blue Devils, who have won 38 straight December home games, lead the all-time series 5-0.
In other ACC women’s basketball news, N.C. State’s game against Fairfield, which was unable to get a flight to Raleigh for a Tuesday meeting, was canceled. The Wolfpack’s next game will be its ACC opener on Jan. 6 against visiting Clemson.
UNC will be hoping to end a messy season on a high note, looking to knock off Tennessee in the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Thursday night.
But Davis and his team — in large part because of the stellar play of once-maligned quarterback T.J. Yates — managed to hold things together well enough to get a winning season, getting highlight victories over East Carolina, Clemson, Virginia and Florida State along the way.
Even in the bowl game the Tar Heels will be without top running back senior Anthony Elzy, who is on an internal suspension for disciplinary reasons.
Playing in Madison Square Garden, the Tar Heels dominated the Scarlet Knights from the opening tip and breezed to the finish line with a 78-55 victory. Rutgers definitely is no powerhouse, but this was an important win because UNC improved its record against major-conference opponents to 2-4 on the season.
But back to that shooting. The Heels hit 57 percent from the floor in the first half, before going cold during garbage time and shooting 47 percent total in the game. Even better, the Heels knocked down 48 percent of their three-point attempts.
From an individual perspective, the most encouraging aspect of the contest was the play of sophomore wing Leslie McDonald, who prior to this point had shot extremely poorly against UNC’s better opponents. Versus Rutgers, he drilled 5-for-9 from the field and 4-for-7 on three-pointers for a total of 14 points in 16 minutes.
ACC CENTER, TORONTO — A team is supposed to beat the teams beneath them in the standings, and the Hurricanes did. But they almost beat themselves, too.
The Maple Leafs had every excuse to phone this game in. Only arriving back in Toronto on Tuesday morning, the Leafs players sat on a Newark airport tarmac and then a bus for five hours each because of a snowstorm that socked in much of the northeastern United States. Yet their legs seemed to have more jump in them than the Canes' did. Carolina held leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, but each time the Leafs answered, usually because the Canes were standing around in their own zone as if it were a snowy bus stop.